The Policy Trajectory of United States Asteroid Deflection Planning

1 Timely Interventions 1 (2013)

10 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2015

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Joseph Packer

Central Michigan University

Jeffrey Kurr

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

Adam D. K. Abelkop

University of San Francisco School of Law; Stanford Law School; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Recent scientific studies document how potential dangers posed by asteroid collisions with Earth have been previously underestimated. These findings are alarming given the prevailing trajectory of US asteroid deflection policy, characterized by uncritical reliance on scientifically questionable deflection methods, such as nuclear interception. Numerous intercollegiate policy debate contests provided the authors with opportunities to survey the relevant policy literature and test alternative proposals for asteroid deflection planning. This article translates the results of the interactive research, reflecting on the historical backdrop of the threat posed to the planet by near-Earth Objects (NEOs), considering the relative merits of proposed deflection policies, exploring the issue's connection with ballistic missile defense debates, and finally offering a call to action.

Keywords: asteroid, near-earth object, neo, NASA, space

Suggested Citation

Packer, Joseph and Kurr, Jeffrey and Abelkop, Adam David Kimmell and Abelkop, Adam David Kimmell, The Policy Trajectory of United States Asteroid Deflection Planning (2013). 1 Timely Interventions 1 (2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2631678

Joseph Packer

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
United States

Jeffrey Kurr

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Communication Arts & Sciences ( email )

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Adam David Kimmell Abelkop (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco School of Law ( email )

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Stanford Law School ( email )

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Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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